Quote of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

—–Theodore Roosevelt 1907

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration”

  1. johndegbert

    This should replace that insipid, too-often-misinterpreted piece of trash “poetry” currently attached to the pediment of the Statue of Liberty . . .

  2. This should be the criteria laid out in our immigration policy, coupled with potential societal value. If they are coming her to suck up free benefits without giving back to the community then do not allow them admittance. If after a pre- determined period of time said immigrant is not gainfully employed yet receiving gov. assistance then ship them back to their place of origin. Any politician promoting ideas contradictory to this statement should be removed from office,sans benefits and bared from ever holding a position of public trust during the remainder of his/her pathetic lifetime. Dogs with muddy feet make messes, don’t let them into the house.

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